Role: Duchess of Monmouth
How did you get started in theatre:
When I was three years old, my mom took me to see, Sesame Street -LIVE! When I was about four years old she took me to see a screening of the movie version of Annie, the musical. She says that she felt a little tug on her jeans after the movie and asked what I wanted. Apparently, my response was, "Mommy, when Annie-LIVE! comes to town, can we go see it?" Soon she found a community theatre production of Annie and took me to see that. I was later enrolled in children's acting classes there.
What excites you about The Picture of Dorian Gray:
Working on new pieces is exciting to me. In this case, we have some amazing, controversial source material. This adaptation explores the homosexual aspects of the piece, parallels to Wilde's life and the attitudes towards homosexuality in 1890's London. I believe it's only been in the past few years that Wilde's original text was published by Harvard Press as "The Uncensored Picture of Dorian Gray". The novel was used in court against Wilde, but it was later ruled that literary evidence was not admissible. Duality is a strong theme in the novel and that excites me as well.
If you could have 5min with Oscar Wilde you would...
Five minutes isn't very much time, but I'd like to do something ridiculous with him and a bevy of beautiful boys. Ride a roller coaster. Or maybe skinny dipping in Washington Square Park fountain.
Don't miss Rachel Dozier-Ezell's costume designs in MTWorks' THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY. Adapted and directed by Glory Kadigan. Playing March 27th through April 14th, 2013 at the WorkShop Theater in Manhattan. To learn more visit the upcoming page on the site.